Mother’s, Children and Home

One thing we all have in common is that we were all brought into this world by the efforts of our Mother. Whether we knew her for moments or a lifetime she laid the foundation for our life. For this we are eternally grateful.

Every person’s story is different. I was raised in a small town by my parents. We had a small house and lived in a small close knit neighborhood. It was idyllic!

My sister and I would play outside from dawn to dusk. The new term, “Free Range parenting, is exactly what we had in 1960s. In the summer we chased lightning bugs, waded in the local ditch, played red rover and played baseball with the neighborhood!

After marrying a local boy, we established our home in this same quaint town. We are the proud parents of four children and have six grandchildren. All but one of our kids live with their children here too!

My greatest gift this Mother’s Day is the blessing of seeing and interacting with our children as they raise their families. My heart is filled with gratitude as I watch the toddlers first steps and our oldest grandchild get his first home. I realize how rare it is to get this opportunity.

So for Mother’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our children…for giving me the greatest gift of all; the gift of time with them and our grandchildren.

Our choice to stay in the same town we were raised in also gave us the opportunity and blessing of being able to care for our parents as caregivers through illness and eventually to their death.

We have given our children what our parents gave us; home and a sense of place. As we continue to experience the blessings of home, family and love..I thank my children with all my heart for making my dreams come true.

In love and gratitude, Mom

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